BURLINGTON, Vt. - Andrew Lucas cut the Providence lead to one with 7:12 to play in the third period, but the 14th-ranked Friars held off a Catamount push to escape with a 3-2 Hockey East win Saturday night.
"I am so proud of our team's effort this weekend, and our composure displayed tonight," said head coach Kevin Sneddon. "Providence capitalized on their power plays early and we had to battle back in the game. I thought the second half of the game was outstanding for our team."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Providence opened the scoring on its second power play chance of the game at 9:12 of the first period. While on the kill, Vermont was penalized for the third time and Patrick Moynihan found the back of the net on the delayed call.
- Tyce Thompson made it 2-0 Providence at 10:33 of the first. The goal marked PC's second power play goal of the game on an extended 5-on-3 advantage.
- Max Kaufman cut the Providence lead in half at 12:00 of the first period. The junior skated down the right side on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush with Bryce Misley, who hit Kaufman across the slot for the one-time goal.
- Providence regained a two-goal lead at 16:29 of the second period. During 4-on-4 play, Max Crozier netted his fourth of the season with assists from Parker Ford and Jack Dugan.
- Lucas brought Vermont within a goal at 12:48 of the third period. Lucas received a blue line pass from Christian Evers before his shot deflected off a Providence defenseman and through Michael Lackey.
- Vermont pushed in the final minutes for an equalizer, but could not get a third goal by Lackey.
- Vermont finished the game with a 41-34 advantage in shots, despite Providence opening the game with a 15-2 edge behind four power play opportunities.
- Providence was 2-for-4 on the power play in the first period and ended the night 2-for-6. Vermont went 1-for-5 on power play chances.
- Stefanos Lekkas ended the night with 31 saves. Providence netminder Michael Lackey recorded 39 saves to pick up the win.
Vermont heads to Orono, Maine for a Hockey East weekend series against the Maine Black Bears (15-10-4, 9-8-2 HEA). Vermont and Maine are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 21) before a 4:30 p.m. start on Saturday (Feb. 22). Saturday's game will broadcast on NESN.